Recently at NUHS, I attended a weekend course taught by The
McKenzie Institute USA. This educational foundation has
developed a method to diagnose and treat patients suffering with
musculoskeletal pain originating from the spine and extremities.
Robin McKenzie was the founder of this institution, which began
researching disorders of the musculoskeletal system in 1982. Since
its beginning, McKenzie Method was utilized primarily by physical
therapists, but it has in recent years become more accessible to
(Photo courtesy of The McKenzie Institute, New Zealand)
One of the most unique features of McKenzie Method is the
concept that patients have the power and responsibility to help
treat themselves through exercises and lifestyle modifications.
This also adds a component of compliance to each patient's
treatment plan, assuming that they will actively work to help
correct and maintain proper posture and movement patterns. McKenzie
treatment involves the patient in actively caring for their
symptoms, which has an empowering effect that is able to eliminate
pain for each person in the end.
I was enrolled in the Part A course, the first of the series
toward certification that is geared toward focusing on the lumbar
spine. With our class size of about 20 people, an even mix of both
students and practicing doctors, we were able to work hands-on with
two patients who were coming in complaining of low back pain. We
practiced running through a McKenzie-based physical examination,
taking a thorough history with the patient, and going through the
diagnostic protocol that are used to help identify the
classification of different pain presentations.
Once we were able to identify the type of mechanical back pain
we were dealing with, we proceeded to work on exercises with each
patient to help reduce and relieve their pain in different regions.
The most rewarding aspect of the weekend was to see both of the
patients leave the seminar with a reduction in their low back pain
as well as in their radiating pain.
Getting to work with current DCs throughout the seminar was such
a tremendous experience, and there was much clinical knowledge to
be gained from these doctors! I even had the opportunity to meet
Dr. Anthony Hamm, the current president of the American
Chiropractic Association! In a couple weeks, we will be returning
to complete Part A of the seminar.
Now that I am an intern in clinic, I'm beginning to hone in on
what seminars I hope to take in the next year and what types of
additional skills I want to obtain for practice. At National and in
the Chicago area, there are so many tremendous seminars and
certifications available for us as students. With all of the
developments in the field of medicine, it will be valuable to have
other skill sets such as McKenzie to offer to my future patients
when I am in practice.
Last Friday night was our tri-mixer where all of the students
were invited to come out and meet each other. As an officer for
Student Council who helped plan the event, it's always fulfilling
to see tons of students come and participate in social events! The
cold and the snow can't hold us back from enjoying a weekend night
out with friends (like my friend KC and I)! :)
All right, so my title is a bit silly, but it's also quite
fitting. This week, students, faculty, and staff joined together to
celebrate the grand opening of the Eagle's Nest at our Lombard
Move that bus!
The Eagle's Nest is the new "student hub" here at NUHS, serving
as a place for people to congregate for lunch, conversation,
study-breaks, and relaxation. The Eagle's Nest is open 24/7 and is
now the best location available on campus for students wishing to
study at any hour of the day. Beginning the first day, students and
faculty have been taking advantage of this gorgeous new lounge
located in Janse Hall. This was a much-needed space for students,
who have been looking for a casual place to relax between classes
and gather with friends.
With President Stiefel in the Eagle's Nest
We also held a mascot-naming contest in October to promote
school spirit and get students involved. Our official NUHS mascot
is "Fitz" the Eagle, named after our institution's founding father,
John Fitz Alan Howard.
Integrative Pediatric Care
Over the weekend, I took a course offered by our Lincoln College
of Postprofessional, Graduate and Continuing Education titled
"Pediatrics for the Integrative Medicine Practitioner." The
instructor, Dr. Robert Dumont, is an MD who realizes the importance
of integrative medicine and utilizes natural therapies to help
relieve children of illness.
We covered different therapies such as traditional Chinese
medicine, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and dietary
modifications. All of these categories of therapies can be utilized
and combined to naturally treat common pediatric conditions without
intervention of pharmaceuticals.
One of the biggest concepts I took away from the seminar was the
importance of diet and nutrition in childhood wellness. Food
sensitivities to dairy, soy, and gluten can have a myriad of
negative effects on different systems throughout the body, and they
present as an incredibly diverse array of symptoms. Sometimes, a
thorough lifestyle evaluation and simple observation of the child
tell us exactly where the problem is arising, and exactly where we
can intervene. It was a very unique and beneficial seminar that
provided me with great reference material for treating children in
my future practice!
Things have been getting busier here at National. Spring has
sprung! (Well, kind of.) Aside from the unfortunate rainy days and
50-degree temperatures, campus activity is picking up and everyone
is antsy for summer!
This week, students enjoyed our beginning-of-the-tri Club Lunch
Day, catered by Chipotle and sponsored by Student Council. On
Friday at lunch, all active clubs were represented at tables
throughout our gymnasium, offering the opportunity for new students
to learn more about and potentially join each student organization.
I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the delicious meal
and many clubs gained new prospective members! It's great to see
younger students getting involved in our school.
Saturday morning, many students drove downtown to attend the
Chiropractic Wellness Symposium, organized by Cancer Treatment
Centers of America. We had the opportunity to learn about
functional endocrinology and a chiropractor's role in treating
autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and other widespread diseases. What
an amazing experience! I walked away from that seminar with such
inspiration and hope! Chiropractic and all other alternative
medical professions need to embrace the impact we can have on human
health. We truly do have the power to change people's lives. :)
After exploring downtown Chicago a little bit after the seminar,
we drove back to Lombard, just in time for a youth soccer game. My
friends Brandon and Jake are earning off-campus service hours by
volunteering as coaches for a 4- to 5-year-old soccer league in our
community of Lombard.
In case you were not aware, one of the requirements of the DC
and ND programs at National is to participate in a certain amount
of on- and off-campus service hours before graduating. Many clubs
on campus offer opportunities for students to gain these hours, but
the most rewarding experiences are those when students get involved
with our community.
For Brandon and Jake, this soccer league is simply about
encouraging kids to be active and involved at a young age. However,
for these adorable kids, kicking the ball in the right direction is
an accomplishment enough! Best of all, the parents are excited to
see local students being involved in the community, and we are able
to represent our university with high spirits and good will!
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